the hospital because they cannot stand on their own and are incapacitated. >> reporter: traditionally, these chronic inebriates would get an infraction and offered treatment programs. we don't want them out on the street but we want to provide them with the service they need. sometimes it's effective and sometimes they don't want it. but, the tough love hammer is coming soon. the city is taking a page from the san diego playbook and will charge chronic inebriates with a misdemeanor if they are picked up for public intoxication more than five times in a month which means they would stay in jail and go through the criminal justice system. the judge would give them a mandate to take drug treatment or aa and as long as they do that they won't be in violation. police say they are trying to accomplish two things with this new programone, to get chronic inebriates off the street and, two, to get them the help they need. the new program goes into effect on may first. i'm jeff bush at the hall of justice in san francisco, kron four news.